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Making my list, checking it twice

December 23, 2011 - Art Smith

Along with eggnog and ugly Christmas sweaters, you tend to see a lot of lists popping up this time of year. I thought it would be interest to list some of the lists that are making their way around the Internet. In no particular, order I give you Art’s 2011 List of Lists. Enjoy.

Top TV Shows from 2011
Available on many sites is a list of top-rated television shows for 2011.  The list is from CBS and uses the ratings from Nielson to spotlight the top show in a variety of categories, including comedy, ( Two and a Half Men) Drama  (NCIS) as well as Specials featuring Supermodels with Wings, (Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show). I thought the last one was a joke, but it showed up on several versions of the list. View one version here.

The 50 Best Albums of 2011
This list comes to us from Paste Magazine. I assume the list was put together by someone much younger, and hipper than I . My music taste are still stuck in the 1970s. I even bought a turntable last year to turn my vinyl records into mp3 files so I can really comment on their choice. Nice site though, you can even play samples from each of the albums. View and listen here. Since music is very subjective, here is another list from

Top News Stories
There are plenty of Top News stories lists out there. The editors at Yahoo News picked the Casey Anthony Trial. I would beg to differ that it was more important than the Japanese earthquake and tsunami or the death of Osama bin Laden, but this list was based on what people were reading on the site, so it’s based on interest, not actual news value. Judge for yourself here.

In terms of search on Yahoo, the top thing searched for was the word “iPhone.”  Also on the top list were Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Lindsay Lohan and Jennifer Aniston, bin Laden rated behind all of them. View list here.

Best Mannered
Kardashian was also named in a list by the National League of Junior Cotillions. The list chose Kate Middleton as the “best-mannered” person of 2011, and Kardashian as the most "ill-mannered.” There are dozens of stories on the web about the list. Here is one from the International Business Times.

Top Colleges
U.S. News and World Report came out with its annual ranking and shocked no one by phoosing Harvard as the No. 1 school. I didn't attend Harvard, but I did attend Ohio University, judged by College Atlas and others as the No. 2 party school in the country. The same site also list WVU as the site where students study the least.

Notable Books
The New York Times does a great job listing the 100 Most Notable Books of 2011. It wisely does not attempt to rank them.

Top Apps
2011 was a huge year for the Apple as the iPhone and the iPad gained steam. It was also sadly the year the company lost its founder and guiding force Steve Jobs. Time did a nice job listing the Top Apps. Where Angry Birds grabbed the top game and Facebook gained the top Social App spot.

Box Office
A movie based about a boy named Harry captured the top of the top movies of 2011. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" took in more tHan $381 million in 2011. At the bottom of the list is a horror film that took in just $325, playing in just one theater for three day. list all 581 movies here.

Lists can be a handy way to put into perspective the vast amount of information we receive every day. Pausing at the end of any year to reflect on the events of the last 12 month can help us mentally organize the last year.

Next week I will take a look at the top stories that were read on and


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